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PUBLIC eat+drink

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American, Contemporary, Bistro, Gastropub
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34 Holden Street, North Adams, MA 01247
+1 413-664-4444
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11:30 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Wed 4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thu - Sun 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Founded in 2011, PUBLIC serves casual, inventive American food with an...
Founded in 2011, PUBLIC serves casual, inventive American food with an emphasis on freshness, flavor, and in-house preparation. The restaurant offers an extensive, rotating craft beer program with 11 taps and over a dozen additional selections in bottles, along with a carefully curated wine list and inventive cocktail offerings. Lunch and dinner are served daily from 11:30AM. The bar is open until midnight or later.
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Good for:
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 134
    Excellent
  • 100
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Public--the Restaurant

I've lost track of how many restaurants have, over the course of years, occupied the space currently occupied by Public. Happily, all indications are that, finally, one has succeeded and will continue, for very good reasons, to succeed into the future. The bartenders know how to make a martini... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
Marc G
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North Adams, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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268 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
North Adams, Massachusetts
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I've lost track of how many restaurants have, over the course of years, occupied the space currently occupied by Public. Happily, all indications are that, finally, one has succeeded and will continue, for very good reasons, to succeed into the future. The bartenders know how to make a martini, the beers are varied and favorful (although I expect you probably... More 

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Adams, Massachusetts
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

We have been to public 10 + times and it is always enjoyable lately however the service isn't the same. My wife and I usually go before movies or out on date night and when we sit at the bar area we are always treated fantastic. At the tables lately though drinks stay empty and service doesn't stop by as... More 

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Public is a great place to hang out, they have an excellent choice of bevs from local breweries and at modest prices. They attract a mainly 30's crowd. In the summer, when MassMOCA is cranked up, they are busy and the service can suffer. The menu is limited, but good quality, just not my type of food. Check out their... More 

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nj
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

consistently good, I've eaten lunch and dinner there and have not been disappointed. They also got the great bartender there from gala. Large selection of drinks, cocktails, wine and beer. A go to place .

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Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

I have dined here several times in the past few months and it is always busy. No reservations unless you are a large party so an early arrival is advised. But regardless of how busy it is the service, presentation, and meals are always very good. Choices range from minis to mids to entrees so there is a size, a... More 

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miami
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

I love Public and make a point of going there to eat whenever I am in Mass. It can be a busy place and I try to either plan according to avoiding crowds or embrace the busy night. The food is amazing...best mussels I have ever had. Most of the food is locally sourced and the menu innovative and fun.... More 

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Williamstown, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Public has excellent food, but the reason for the "average" rating is because of the service, which has been really slipping over the last year. The last three times we have visited, the service has been incredibly slow for very basic food, no special orders. Last night was no exception. Not only was the service slow, but the waitress was... More 

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MA
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Enjoyed dinner with a friend in a bustling atmosphere on a Friday night. There was enough space between tables to allow for privacy and roominess, I enjoyed the brocolli cheddar soup and mexican flatbread. My friend liked the fish, and requested risotto instead of fries, being accommodated. The service was friendly and attentive.

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Berkshires
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Wow .. ! This is my new go to restaurant in the Berkshires ! We went for the first time Saturday night .. It was wonderful ! I have a bunch of allergies ... I explained this to our food server Kate .. She was wonderful and followed through with me a couple of times .. I enjoyed a small... More 

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Fairfield, Connecticut
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Every time we visit North Adams, we have to stop by PUBLIC for dinner. It's cool vibe, great service and unique menu items (and drinks) means we always have a great time! Can't leave town without it!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 34 Holden Street, North Adams, MA 01247
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Berkshires  >  North Adams
  • Phone Number: +1 413-664-4444

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 20
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary, Bistro, Gastropub

Description

Founded in 2011, PUBLIC serves casual, inventive American food with an emphasis on freshness, flavor, and in-house preparation. The restaurant offers an extensive, rotating craft beer program with 11 taps and over a dozen additional selections in bottles, along with a carefully curated wine list and inventive cocktail offerings. Lunch and dinner are served daily from 11:30AM. The bar is open until midnight or later.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Monday
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:30 am - 12:00 am

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?